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How It Works

Who is Road Scholar for?

Whether solo travelers or couples, Road Scholars are passionate lifelong learners, usually over the age of 50. Road Scholars want an in-depth learning experience about destinations, subjects and ideas that intrigue them!

Is there an age minimum?

We often use the phrase “baby boomers and beyond” to describe the typical Road Scholar. Usually, Road Scholars are lifelong learners over the age of 50.

Do I have to be a member?

No, you don’t need to be a member to enroll in our learning adventures. Road Scholar is open to all inquisitive explorers.

Are there any academic requirements?

A Road Scholar adventure is the best kind of educational experience, with no prerequisites and no homework. It’s learning for the thrill of it.

What’s included?

Our programs are all-inclusive. From expert-led lectures and field trips to lodgings, most meals, gratuities, and group transportation—we handle all the details and all the costs incurred during our programs, including those you might not anticipate.

On our International trips, we can take care of your airfare, too. We’ve negotiated special fares and routings that work best — on premium economy and business class fares, too. 

Every program includes The Road Scholar Assurance Plan, which provides 24—hour emergency assistance in the unlikely case of a medical emergency.

So I won’t have to pay for extras?

That’s right. Apart from our educational focus, what makes us so unique is that we include most everything in the price of our programs. Why do we do this? Because a learning experience should include every element that is key to the curriculum. You shouldn't have to pay extra to enter a museum or to visit a must-see icon that will enhance your experience — so we include everything we believe is essential.

Will I have time to explore on my own?

For those looking for an enriching social environment with the group as well as time to strike out on their own, we recommend our Independent City Discoveries and FLEX learning adventures.

What kinds of accommodations does Road Scholar provide?

Always comfortable, sometimes even iconic — the lodgings on all of our learning adventures meet our high standards. Whether you’ll be staying in a historic hotel in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter or on a river barge floating down the Seine, we put a lot of care into where you’ll spend the night.

Can I go and not take part in any of the activities?

The answer is … sometimes. For example, if your travelling partner is enrolled in a golf program and you don’t want to golf, you can still enroll with her or him as a ‘non-program participant.’ That means you’ll just be paying for your meals and lodgings and none of the scheduled activities. To find out if the program you’re interested in offers this option, just give us a call.

Is insurance included with Road Scholar programs?

When we say we take care of every detail, we mean it. For your peace of mind, we include The Road Scholar Assurance Plan at no extra cost. It’s a great benefit. The plan provides 24-hour assistance in the event of an emergency during your program. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Medical escort if necessary
  • Assistance with lost or delayed baggage
  • Lost, stolen or damaged baggage insurance
  • Baggage delay insurance

Please note that The Road Scholar Assurance Plan does not provide protection for cancellation, interruption or travel delay. However, if you’d like to protect your investment, we do offer the optional Road Scholar Trip Protection Plan with "Cancel for Any Reason" coverage.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes! We offer scholarships for those who don’t have the resources to take part in a Road Scholar learning adventure. Available on our programs in the U.S., there are two kinds of financial assistance:


Scholarships are awarded to lifelong learners without the financial means to participate in our learning adventures. Each year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, more than 300 Scholarships are awarded.

Caregiver Grants

Caregiver Grants provide a much-needed respite from the emotional and physical demands inherent in caregiver service. We're committed to helping you offset the costs of arranging substitute care while you attend a Road Scholar learning adventure.

Our scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our donors. Make a donation to share the joys of a Road Scholar learning adventure.

How do I enroll?

The Road Scholar website makes enrolling online a snap, any time you like. All the information you could ask for is right here. Once you’ve picked the date of the program you want, we’ll ask for all the necessary details — whether you want airfare or a single room or have special meal requests. For our Intergenerational and Family adventures and other special types of programs, we ask that you call us to enroll. Other than that, you can enroll in any of our other programs through our website.

If you have any questions or prefer to enroll over the phone, we’re here to help. Give us a call Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST at (800) 454-5768.

What does "waitlisted" mean?

When the date of the program you want to enroll in has no more space available, you can add yourself to the waitlist for that date. We keep the waitlist in the order people are added to it, so the first ones on the waitlist are the first to enroll in the program if space becomes available. To get on the waitlist, we ask that you pay the normal deposit for that program, and we’ll refund your deposit should you not become enrolled. You can also call us and we can remove you from the waitlist at any time.

I have an RV, can I attend and stay in it?

A number of our programs in the U.S. have a special lodging option for people who stay in their own RV, instead of our accommodations. Look for special RV pricing on the ‘Dates & Prices’ page of programs in the U.S. Or give us a call and we’ll help you find programs that offer the RV lodging option.

Can I add on extra days before or after my program?

Many of our learning adventures offer extensions, either before or after your program. Usually a few nights long, sometimes even longer, our extensions give you the opportunity to make the most of your travel budget and dig deeper into a different location or topic with us.

If you want to make your own plans to arrive early or stay longer, you can take advantage of our special rate available through many of the lodgings we use. We’ll provide information about how to make your own reservations in the information packets you’ll receive after you enroll.

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, we’ll email or mail you an enrollment packet. That has basic information about your order, such as the names of those enrolled, your rooming selection and payment information.

Next, we’ll send you an information packet that includes an up-to-date daily schedule, contact information, travel directions, a packing list, a reading list — everything you’ll need to prepare. If you enroll in one of our International or Adventures Afloat programs, you’ll receive an additional information packet with more details.

If you purchased airfare with us, we’ll email or mail you a separate packet of information that has all your airfare details.

If you have an online account with us, you can access all your trip information as soon as it’s available. If you don’t have a Road Scholar online account, why not create one now?

Who plans Road Scholar programs?

Every detail of every program is overseen by our headquarters team in Boston, Mass. We work with a network of the world’s leading universities, museums and other organizations to operate our extraordinary collection of learning adventures.

How does Road Scholar deal with world events or anything that might impact my program?

Your safety is our greatest concern. For whatever the reason, if we decide to cancel your program, you’ll get a refund on your program or you can transfer your tuition to another program.

I love the Road Scholar mission. Can I support it through a donation?

Ever since our founding, donors who believe in our mission have supported us through contributions. Donations of every size help us develop an extraordinary range of learning adventures for as wide an audience as possible. Learn how you can donate.

Donations help us offer financial assistance to those who don’t have the means to experience a Road Scholar learning adventure. Learn about supporting our Scholarships.


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